EY Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Entry Level Consultant

    3.7143/5 | Interview date: March 2016 | Job offer? Yes |

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    Sectors: Consultancy

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Pretty standard-submit resume through on campus recruiting, get email, do phone interview, have one-on-one campus interview, super day with three or four interviews, and an exit interview. I just memorized all the 20 most common questions found in the EY Interview Process book on amazon. Nothing too crazy.

    Most difficult question

    How would you model this financial situation and how would you present these factors?

    Interview tips

    I got the job! I was interviewing at EY as an intern and found the amazon guide on the EY interview process very useful for my first major interview. If you want detailed technical questions and answers, this book will not be very helpful. But if you need an overview of the interview process and how to master all the minor details of each type of interview (which usually make or break many applicants) then this book will be really helpful!

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    Personality/skills interview/test, one-on-one interviews, and a panel interview

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 3/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 4/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 3/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 3/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
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  • EY - Undergraduate Programmes

    4.2857/5 | Interview date: January 2014 | Job offer? Not yet |

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    Sectors: Accounting

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    After passing the online tests you get invited to a first face-to-face interview. This is normally done by a senior manager in their office. Their are about 25 strength based questions that they ask you (lots of info online/on their website as to what these are like) and they are usually asked quite quickly as you don't have a lot of time. The key is to answer the question in its entirety and if possible give an example to back up what you're saying.

    If successful then you go through to an Assessment Centre and then partner interview. Usually these occur on the same day/at the same time.

    Most difficult question

    Questions are generally about yourself so should be easy to answer, mentally make a note of all your experiences, what you learned in these situations and how you would have done them differently. They will ask some commercial awareness questions on the firm, how the firm differs from their competitors, what they have that makes them stand out, what is going on in the industry at the moment, what have you read in the news.

    Interview tips

    Final Interview- with a partner. This is more based on you as a person, they have a copy of all the feedback from other parts of the process. They will ask you some competency based questions, career motivation, and more information about you as a person. Just be friendly and relaxed, try not to sound rehearsed and be honest. They are usually very friendly and genuinely interested in seeing if you would be a good fit for the organisation.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    The AC consists of: psychometric tests, group exercise, and a written report, and a partner interview. The tests are the same as on the website- verbal, numerical and logical written on paper. The group exercise- you're given a piece of information then as a group have to come to a conclusion. At the end they will ask you questions relating to the group decisions you have made. Make sure you do not dominant, keep an eye on time, are well-spoken and try to have clear arguments. The written report/typed report is based on a booklet of information you are given and have to answer several questions. No prior work needs to be done for any component of the day. The report requires you to just pick out key bits of information and do some analysis.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 3/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 4/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 3/5
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  • EY - Advisory

    5.0/5 | Interview date: June 2013 | Job offer? Yes but declined |

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    Sectors: Finance

    Difficulty rating 60.0 / 100

    Interview process

    Stage 1: Online Application Form
    This included the usual personal details, education history and then competency based questions like "tell us a time when you have led a team", "tell us about a time you have adapted your behaviour", "tell us about how you have resolved a conflict". The key is to give examples from different areas of your experience for e.g. work placements, internships, extra curricular activities, sport, charity etc. Also use the S.T.A.R approach, this means S-Situation you were in, T-Task you were given, A-Action you took, R-Result you achieved. Very important to define the process and importantly the result whether it be financial, gaining skills or winning something. Important to focus on teamwork, leadership, research and values of the organisation.

    Stage 2: 1 on 1 interview with Manager/Senior Manager
    This is predominantly based on answers from your resume. It begins with questions like "Why EY?" "Why Advisory?" "What skills do you think you need for this position and how have you displayed them?" Then explaining in more detail with thorough analysis the competency based questions

    Most difficult question

    "What is the toughest decision you have had to make in a previous job?"
    "Tell me of when you have failed?"

    The aim is to turn a positive into a negative. Explain how you saw opportunity in adversity and turned it around. Give examples in teams and what you did and how you did it. Give credit to other members as well.

    Interview tips

    1. Prepare beforehand and you will be fine
    2. Know about the company, ethos, culture, values and find people to speak to
    3. Don't come across arrogant or over confident
    4. Make friends with others at the Assessment Centre
    5. Don't take out your phone or leave it on randomly

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    We began by a 30 second introduction of ourselves. This included our name, degree and an interesting fact. Try and make the interesting fact interesting i.e. not something you have done academically but may be travel, sporting achievement or challenge you took on. Once again do not make this "too interesting" or "silly" whereby you make yourself out to look like a fool. You are not trying to make them laugh but say something positive about yourself.

    Group Activity
    This was followed by a group activity we were asked to prepare for beforehand. We were asked to research CSR initiatives and all had to share ideas. This meant knowing when to speak and when yo encourage others and listening properly. Listening is key but don't stay quiet for too long.

    Summary Activity
    We then were individually given reports and had to summarise them using a laptop. The key is to produce your work professionally with clear headings, subheadings and guidelines for another member to follow. No need for fancy borders and colours but clear communication using Microsoft Word.

    Phone Call Exercise
    You are asked to read through a pretend piece of work for spelling and grammar mistakes for 5 minutes. You then have to feedback to a pretend employee about how they could improve their structure etc. The key here is to be positive and encouraging. Then to slip in constructive criticism making the person feel comfortable with what you are saying. Be sensitive but firm and assertive. At the end once again thank the person for their hard work and wish them the best.

    Numerical Test
    Basically a psychometric test interpreting data like graphs, charts and tables. Multiple choice. You are not expected to complete the test but I suggest you answer all the questions even guessing because you do not lose marks for the wrong answer. You will probably get through half in normal time.

    1 on 1 Interview
    Ask questions! Be friendly and talk about the experience from your day. Be positive and point out where you feel you performed well.

    Interview steps

    Interviews

    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video

    Tests

    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric

    Other

    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

    Rating the interview

    • How would you rate the pre-attendance information? 5/5
    • How well was the interview organised? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the organisation? 5/5
    • What was your overall impression of the selection process? 5/5
    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 5/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 5/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5
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